January 23, 2014 |

Throwback Thursday: World Pizza Champions in March 2005

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler

March 2005 Cover World Pizza Champions, World Pizza Games

Ken Bryant, Siler Chapman, Tony Gemignani, Michael Shepherd and Joe Carlucci

Recognize these guys? They’re founding members of the World Pizza Champions, and if you’ve attended a Pizza Expo in the last 8 years, you probably recognize them. These guys put the “awe” in awesome when it comes to acrobatic dough tossing. They’ve won not only national titles but also international accolades –– so many that they were asked simmer down and let others have a chance to win.

What’s great about this group of guys is that they took their talents and turned them into teaching opportunities. Many of the contemporary winners of the World Pizza Games have worked at pizzerias owned by World Pizza Champions members, both at the culinary and dough tossing levels. Several are consultants. And the individual successes of their pizzerias is astounding. We’re talking millions in gross sales, and write-ups and appearances on some of then

Of course, the World Pizza Games are returning to International Pizza Expo this March (March 24-27, 2014, to be exact). There’s more than just acrobatics, though. If you’re really fast at box folding, there’s a category for you. Able to stretch out a big dough? Yep, you could win. Here’s a complete list of categories:

  • Freestyle Acrobatic Dough Tossing
  • Fastest Dough
  • Largest Dough Stretch
  • Fastest Pizza Box Folding
  • Pizza Triathlon

You’ve got to be registered for the show to compete, so hop online to www.pizzaexpo.com and we’ll see you at the Games!